|Flag of Slovakia|
|Adopted||September 1, 1992 |
|Designed by||National Council of the Slovak Republic |
The flag of Slovakia consists of three horizontal stripes in the traditional Slavic colours of red, blue, and white, with the coat of arms of Slovakia added in the canton area.
The first flag Slovakia had was adopted in 1848 when Slovakia was part of the Kingdom of Hungary, and was a tricolour of red, blue, and white. That flag, however, was unofficial and Slovakia had to wait until 1938 to get their first official flag. The country was then part of Czechoslovakia until 1990 when Slovakia adopted its plain three-striped flag. However, there was confusion between their flag and Russia's flag, so the flag was changed in 1992 to include Slovakia's coat of arms. 
The flag uses Pan-Slavic colours, white, blue and red. The coat of arms has ancient roots, The double barred cross was used as early as the 9th century Byzantine Empire.
- The flag is similar to Slovenia's flag, the only exception is the coat of arms and the shade of blue.